Moisture and Ants Don't Mix

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You often hear that food and ants don’t mix in your home. Ants are attracted to the food source, so they invade your home to get to it, and let's face it who wants ants contaminating your food? Moisture and ants is not a good combination for a homeowner either, moisture actually attracts carpenter ants to your home and makes it easier for them to get inside.

Why Moisture and Ants are a Bad Combo

Ants and moisture in and around your home are a bad combination because ants can get to wet wood easier. Think about it. Wet wood is porous, it’s soft, and it doesn’t require drilling to get through. That is exactly why ants are attracted to wet wood.

Moisture in wood makes it easier for carpenter ants to penetrate your home. Once they are in, they get to work damaging the structural supports in your home.

Why does my house have so much moisture?

There are several reasons why your home has so much moisture. Many daily activities, combined with seasonal changes, result in moisture problems in your home.

  • Poor ventilation

  • High humidity

  • Leaks in plumbing

  • Leaky windows and door sills

  • Melting snow and/or rain

  • Aquariums

  • Damp crawl spaces

Combine moisture with the warm spring and summer weather and you have a moisture problem and, potentially, an ant problem on your hands.

Moisture Problems Lead to These Ant Problems

When ants invade your home through moist areas and wet boards, they will cause damage to your home; and getting rid of them will become extremely difficult. Ants prefer areas in your home that have been damaged by decay, rot, and water. This provides them with the easiest access points. Once they are in your home, ants will cause significant structural damage that endangers the integrity of your home.

How to Prevent Ants in my Home

To prevent carpenter ants from invading your home and causing damage, try a few tricks to keep them out. Remember: carpenter ants prefer wet wood; they rarely build their nests in dry wood. With that in mind, this is how you prevent carpenter ants in your home:

  • Reduce moisture in your home

  • Use a dehumidifier in areas with moisture concerns

  • Improve ventilation

  • Repair plumbing leaks and cracks

  • Seal cracks in concrete and foundations

  • Replace damaged, rotting, or soft wood

To ensure you deter ants and get rid of existing colonies for good, call the professionals at EnviroPest. With years of experience under our belt, we can identify problem areas to which ants are attracted. We will make recommendations for prevention and treatment, and we will tackle carpenter ants at their source so they go away and don’t return with regular pest control treatment. To learn more about the effective services for ants from EnviroPest, contact us today.

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